By Special to the Daily World
During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.
“Please remember those who need our help and support the Red Cross by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, or giving blood,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us to help people here at home, across the United States, and around the world.”
March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
Giving blood is a priceless way to help those in our community. Hospitals in the Southern Blood Services Region use more blood than is collected. More than 1,200 donations are needed each week day to meet the needs of patients in these hospitals. While 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, only a fraction of those eligible actually donate.
The blood donation process only takes about one hour of time to help save as many as three lives. Blood can be donated every 56 days, and platelets can be donated every two weeks, up to 24 times per year. People ages 17 and older – 16 with parental consent – weighing at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate both blood and platelets. Donors age 18 and younger must meet additional height and weight requirements.
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).